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Keep Tabs on the Two Remaining Longines FEI World Cup™ Jumping North American League Qualifiers

Just two qualifiers remain for athletes to earn a ticket to the Longines FEI World Cup™ Jumping Final in Omaha, Nebraska, March 29–April 2, 2017.
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Longines FEI World Cup™ Jumping Thermal: February 11, 2017

At last year’s competition, riders showed up hungry for the win to earn points at one of the two final qualifying opportunities in the League. Ultimately it was Egypt’s Nayel Nassar who took the prize, coming out on top in a three-horse jump-off, beating second-place finisher Jamie Barge by more than a second. “I took the inside to turn to the oxer by the gate,” said Nayel. “I didn’t get the chance to see Jamie go but people at the gate told me she was very efficient, so I knew I had to catch up to her there.”

Nayel Nassar competing at Thermal | Photo © Amy K. Dragoo/AIMMEDIA

Nayel Nassar competing at Thermal | Photo © Amy K. Dragoo/AIMMEDIA

The HITS Desert Horse Park in Thermal, California, will host the Longines FEI World Cup™ Jumping Thermal as well as several other notable FEI classes this February. Spanning four days of competition from February 7-12, highlights include the $36,500 Desert Welcome Stake February 9, the $36,500 Desert Classic February 10, and of course the the $100,000 Longines FEI World Cup™ Jumping Qualifier at 3 p.m. February 11.

Watch the Longines FEI World Cup™ Jumping Thermal on feitv.org on February 11 at 3 p.m. PT.

Longines FEI World Cup™ Jumping Ocala:March 12, 2017

Last year, show jumper and eventer Marilyn Little set the bar by being the first rider to go clear in the Longines FEI World Cup™ Jumping Ocala jump-off, and she remained in her position to take the win with Corona 93. Of the 10 horse-and-rider combinations in the jump-off, only three riders went clear. Chloe Reid finished second and Katie Dinan was third for an all-female podium sweep. “It was a very long course, and the horses jumped to the best of their ability,” said Marilyn. “It was a real thrill for both horse and rider.”

Marilyn Little and Corona 93 | Photo © FEI

Marilyn Little and Corona 93 | Photo © FEI

Like last year, the final qualifying event of the season, the Longines FEI World Cup™ Jumping Ocala,will take place at the Live Oak International, March 8-12, in Ocala, Florida.

Watch the Longines FEI World Cup™ Jumping Ocala on feitv.org on March 12 at 1:30 p.m. ET.

For more information on the Longines FEI World Cup™ Jumping North American League, including dates, show highlights, behind-the-scenes interviews, photo galleries and videos, check out Practical Horseman's special League section.

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